Patriarch OnlyZodCounts - 'inspired by a very lucky RFL 2018 round 1' Venomancer

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Title says it all really. After the huge luck I had with my former Venomancer, the Necro in my oskill Sept which I turned into a poison loving pale guy, in the MooMoo farm and the fact that he killed the Cow king at some point, I knew for sure I wanted to have another Venomancer to relive the immense fun I had back then. And hopefully also the luck I had, but that remains to be seen ;). I postponed creating him, because I was too busy with my 99er Sorc and some other characters, but when that +2/-50 DWeb dropped in the CS, I just knew it was a sign. Still took me a while to get OnlyZodCounts going, but eventually I did.

I'm always terrible at coming up with names, and this time was no different. Since my first Venomancer found a Zod in the RFL (Amazon found another Zod in that same round, but since I had mainly been doing runs with my Venomancer and he found loads of good runes, while the Amazon found nothing but the Zod, for me it always feels like the Venomancer found 2 Zods :p), and as a consequence I have a bit of a reputation to hold high, I just named him 'OnlyZodCounts', because, let's face it, finding anything other than a Zod will have people laugh at me ;).

Playthrough was very straightforward. Put two MPK rings and whatever other gear I had on him, pump Teeth until level 18, then Bone Spear, and at level 30 respec to Poison Nova. Especially after reaching level 30 both progression and xp gain went very fast. A Venomancer must be one of the easiest characters to level up quickly if you have gear, since you can kill a lot of monsters and at the same time keep on moving at a high pace. After OnlyZodCounts attained Enigma, things obviously went even faster, as I hardly stopped except to complete quests, and leveling a bit at Hell Eldritch and Pindle for a bit.

I didn't plan to take any screens, as nobody is waiting for that 1000th screenshot of a character killing Hell Andariel or something similar. But near the end I got a few good drops, so here are some pics anyway:

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This one probably won't see much use in the end, but I really like the peculiar yet useful mix of stats.

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Rather common item, terrific stats though !!

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Found in WSK iirc. Definitely a fitting drop for this character !!! It replaced a plain skiller OnlyZodCounts was using at the time.

This is the full character dump.

Code:
Name:       OnlyZodCounts
Class:      Necromancer
Experience: 786095505
Level:      81

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   96/163
Dexterity:  38/45
Vitality:   336/365
Energy:     25/32
HP:         867/1185
Mana:       185/429
Stamina:    480/530
Defense:    9/1628
AR:         145/180

Fire:       66/26/-34
Cold:       145/105/45
Lightning:  117/77/17
Poison:     92/52/-8

MF:         195       Block:      7
GF:         137       FR/W:       92
FHR:        60       IAS:        0
FCR:        75

Amplify Damage: 1/16
Dim Vision: 1/16
Weaken: 1/16
Iron Maiden: 1/16
Terror: 1/16
Confuse: 1/16
Life Tap: 1/16
Attract: 1/16
Decrepify: 1/16
Lower Resist: 2/17

Teeth: 1/23
Bone Armor: 0/0
Poison Dagger: 20/42
Corpse Explosion: 1/23
Bone Wall: 0/0
Poison Explosion: 20/42
Bone Spear: 0/0
Bone Prison: 0/0
Poison Nova: 20/42
Bone Spirit: 0/0

Skeleton Mastery: 0/0
Raise Skeleton: 0/0
Clay Golem: 0/0
Golem Mastery: 0/0
Raise Skeletal Mage: 0/0
Blood Golem: 0/0
Summon Resist: 0/0
Iron Golem: 0/0
Fire Golem: 0/0
Revive: 0/0

Fungal Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x2f6806f
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+37 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x2ad20bb3
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)

Fungal Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x4ef8c6f0
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)

Fungal Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xe68720aa
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)

Fungal Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa1501428
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xfd905e8c
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x474f33f6
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x644aeebb
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xa52a5f97
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xb94f67a1
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x63aedc9d
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life

Fungal Grand Charm of the Glacier
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x4ffa649a
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
Adds 3 - 7 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (25 Frames)

Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense: 120
Durability: 5 of 12
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xf28458d6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +2
+121 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+121 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Damage Reduced by 10%
75% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ist Rune

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xcbf6314c
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +27

Enigma
Mage Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 992
Durability: 23 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 55
Fingerprint: 0x81689074
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+751 Defense
+60 to Strength (Based on Character Level)
Increase Maximum Life 5%
Damage Reduced by 8%
+14 Life after each Kill
15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
81% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xda923239
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
5% Life stolen per hit
+40 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

The Stone of Jordan
Ring
Required Level: 29
Fingerprint: 0x44b5d971
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
Adds 1 - 12 Lightning Damage
+20 to Mana
Increase Maximum Mana 25%

Trang-Oul's Claws
Heavy Bracers
Defense: 70
Durability: 8 of 16
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x87ac6811
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+25% to Poison Skill Damage
+30 Defense
Cold Resist +30%


Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 131
Durability: 7 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x142bf94
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+108% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x93e928bc
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
137% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 12%
39% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Garnet Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 29
Fingerprint: 0x3ffda72c
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +9%

Fungal Grand Charm of Inertia
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa5bc7023
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+7% Faster Run/Walk

Call to Arms
Flail
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 3 - **
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0x479c37ac
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
269% Enhanced Damage
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+5 to Battle Command
+4 to Battle Orders
+4 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)
Socketed: Amn Rune
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Ohm Rune

Splendor
Superior Zombie Head
EthLum
Defense: 13
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 23 of 23
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 14
Fingerprint: 0xae659ea4
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+20% Faster Block Rate
Adds 13 - 28 Poison Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
+1 to Bone Spirit (Necromancer Only)
+3 to Iron Golem (Necromancer Only)
+1 to Decrepify (Necromancer Only)
+91% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Energy
Regenerate Mana 15%
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+3 to Light Radius
Increase Maximum Durability 15%
2 Sockets (2 used)
Socketed: Eth Rune
Socketed: Lum Rune

Death's Web
Unearthed Wand
One Hand Damage: 22 - 28
Durability: 18 of 18
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0x88ceec90
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-55% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+4% to Poison Skill Damage
+9 to Mana after each Kill
+11 Life after each Kill
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Rainbow Facet

Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x7afa9e62
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+4% to Poison Skill Damage

Spirit
Monarch
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 139
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 62 of 86
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 156
Fingerprint: 0xe0d60444
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+103 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+7 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune

Natalya's Soul
Mesh Boots
Defense: 152
Durability: 47 of 116
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 65
Fingerprint: 0xa7e55ae1
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40% Faster Run/Walk
+113 Defense
Heal Stamina Plus (Based on Character Level) +18%
Cold Resist +23%
Lightning Resist +25%
+50 Maximum Durability


Mercenary:

Name:       Vikhyat
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Off-Nightmare
Experience: 64574274
Level:      81
Dead?:      false

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   179/184
Dexterity:  144/149
HP:         1607/1708
Defense:    1189/4573
AR:         1865/339430

Fire:       171/131/71
Cold:       171/131/71
Lightning:  171/131/71
Poison:    171/131/71

Vampire Gaze
Grim Helm
Defense: 252
Durability: 21 of 40
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0xc742c1f3
Item Level: 82
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 6 - 22 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
6% Mana stolen per hit
8% Life stolen per hit
+100% Enhanced Defense
15% Slower Stamina Drain
Damage Reduced by 19%
Magic Damage Reduced by 13


Fortitude
Balrog Skin
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 3132
Durability: 16 of 16
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 155
Fingerprint: 0x3e6d842b
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+101 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +26
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Lo Rune

Insight
Superior Thresher
RalTirTalSol
Two Hand Damage: 48 - 459
Durability: 72 of 72
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 152
Required Dexterity: 118
Fingerprint: 0x174f19b7
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 13 Meditation Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Cast Rate
226% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
181% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
+1 to Critical Strike
All Stats +5
+2 to Mana after each Kill
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Increase Maximum Durability 12%
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune

Since getting to pat status I have been doing some Pit and Cow runs, so OnlyZodCounts currently is level 85. I'll post a video at some point about my cow runs, because I want to check if it's a good map or not, what I can improve to get more efficient, ...

And now let's hope this character lives up to his name, and makes for a very memorable RFL cow round again !!!
 

jonnyphive

Diabloii.Net Member
Nice pat. That Death's Web is far too nice to not build a character around; combined with how much you enjoy the build that's a really lucky drop. I think you need to find a 5/5 facet to go in it though ;).
 

TedDeeBoy

Diabloii.Net Member
Great mancer with leet gear. A question about the Splendor necro head. Does it get used to create an IG at all? if not, what are the plans for it?
 

darkstarhub

Diabloii.Net Member
Very nice character @T72on1. I started a Necro with Skeletons but I really never have liked mostly fighting from the back and not being full on in the action. A Novamancer seems like a much better option, but I am lacking a Deaths Web.

I believe I have enough skillers to fill up the inventory nicely and still have the only Jah I’ve found to make an Enigma so it is possible for a nice start. My Zon is the planned character for the Cow Level, but if a DWeb drops I might finish leveling him up.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks all !!

@jonnyphive I agree with you on the -5/+5 facet. I didn't have one atm though, and since I don't plan many, if any, other poison based builds at the moment, I figured I'd stick in this one. I still have 5 or 6 more, including one -4/+4, so ...

@TopHatCat64 That is so incredibly awesome. There's only one person who is allowed to get such tattoo though: our Zod God @Grape :).

@TedDeeBoy No I haven't used it for IG. I just quested through with low str, hence Splendor was my best choice for a +skill on the shield side. I used a Necro Head I had in my stash for extra style points, but the +necro skills on it weren't used at all. I switched to more strength and a Spirit Shield after getting pat status, because it was the easiest way to get to 75% fcr and the 56% fhr breakpoints. But for some reason I seem to have forgotten to switch out the Splendor on my CtA switch to Spirit as well :oops:.

@darkstarhub DWeb absolutely makes a huge difference obviously. But if you have enough skillers and an Enigma, you could make a strong Venomancer already. Main killing power still comes from Amp, the first merc kill and CE chain. The huge benefit from being a Venomancer, and DWeb in particular, is that one body is enough to get the chain going, where otherwise you might need 2 or 3 corpses to reliably keep the CE chain going.

Btw, I have a DWeb for trade if you want.
 

Ghonn

Diabloii.Net Member
Nice one! I've long wanted to try a novamancer and this makes me want try it even more although looking through your gear list is a bit depressing, haha. Well, back to mfing.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks. I've been doing some test runs in the Cow level, but boy I'm rusty again, after not having done any since the last RFL. The good news is that I didn't have to reroll maps, as my questing map of Stony Field has the wp right next to the entrance to Tristram, and the Cow level seems quite good.

Currently I'm leveling OnlyZodCounts up with Pit /p8 runs. I didn't like those the last time around, because I had issues managing mana (what's in a name ?!) with an Infinity on my merc, but this time, with an MPK ring, that's not the case. So I really enjoy them now. At first I thought the map wasn't great, because it's not the ideal straightforward map, and there's some backtracking involved. But after a while I realized that boss pack density is really good, and boss pack placement is very, very consistent. A lot of the times they are in the exact same spot.

So now I'm tempted to do some areas with him too when the RFL hits. We'll have to see how it goes. O yes, and no good runes dropped yet, so I'm not using up my luck yet ;).
 
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T72on1

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Not even close. Not sure what the hightest rune is he has found so far, but probably something along the lines of Lum. Actually I'm not sure anymore what his Hell Forge drop was. So it surely wasn't Gul or Ist :p.
 
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